We went to Fareham in Hampshire for very special wedding, today 08.08.17, my fathers. My father who is ninety, married his girlfriend of thirty-four years, his new wife is seventy-two. The day was beautiful, even though we had some rain, it didn’t matter, the day just shone. I just wanted to make a note of this special day……so I do not miss their first anniversary, I’m terrible at dates 🙂 Also my oldest dog Nipper is in the vets, we had to rush him there three days ago as he was really very poorly and we found out he has very bad diabetes. The vets have had to try and level his blood, which we think they have done, although he is still very poorly, he is starting to respond, so fingers cross he will pull though. Anyway we will continue with the real reason for this post…… Newark Castle in Nottinghamshire. We visited last year 2016, we had passed Newark several times over the years, but this time we managed to stop.
Newark Castle and Gardens are lovely, formal gardens bordered by the remaining walls of Newark Castle which was partly destroyed in 1646 at the end of the English Civil War. The Castle has stood proudly on the banks of the River Trent for nearly 900 years.
A little history….
The castle’s foundations date back to Saxon times but it was developed as a castle by the Bishop of Lincoln in 1123. Known as the Gateway to the North, the castle endured numerous sieges during the Baronial and English Civil war before it was partially destroyed in 1646. From the riverside the bulk of Newark Castle looks extremely impressive, looming above the water like a forbidding barrier. It is only when you approach from the town that you realise how ‘one-sided’ the structure is. For on the town side, there are almost no remaining walls, though the towers are still impressive.
I also took a mixture of black & white, as the castle grounds are used for weddings and we counted three while we were there. Although the weather was very cloudy, it was still warm day.